According to the International Sports Observatory, England has the 3 highest market value players in the world, Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, as well as a heavily armed battalion of players who will turn the “Three Lions” team into an extraordinary candidate, to win the European Nations title (Euro 2020), which begins next Friday.
The England national team was placed in Group D of the continental championship, along with Croatia, the Czech Republic and Scotland.
England national team: Participating in the finals for the 11th time (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020).
Gareth Southgate, the former England defender, took charge of coaching the team about 5 years ago as a temporary coach, but he left a good mark with the team at the beginning to get an opportunity to continue with the team.
Southgate was technical director of the England youth team (under 21 years) before taking charge of the first team, and his close relations with many players created a positive and healthy atmosphere.
Southgate’s insistence on starting from the back also had an impact on the team’s impressive performance during his career under the coach.
The England national team currently has a group of players with outstanding attacking and scoring skills, such as Harry Kane, the Golden Boot winner for the top scorer in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and Raheem Sterling, one of the most exciting strikers.
In the past, England were under pressure but the team in its current form under Southgate’s leadership appears capable of winning the European title.
Croatia national team: Participates in the finals for the sixth time (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020).
The Croatian team, the runner-up of the world, will participate in the European Championship finals for the fifth consecutive year, after leading the fifth group in the qualifiers, although the team needs to overturn its delay to win a valuable victory over its Slovak counterpart in the last round of qualifying to decide the top of the group.
The strength of the Croatian national team lies in the midfield, where Luka Modric, who has great experience with Real Madrid, plays.
Striker Mario Mandzukic retired, but the team still has a strong attack that depends on Ivan Perisic, who currently plays for Inter Milan, Ante Rebic, AC Milan star, and Andrei Kramaric, the German player of Hoffenheim.
The Croatian national team, led by coach Zlatko Dalic, may not be able to repeat the same brilliant career he made in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but he remains a stubborn opponent to all his opponents.
The Czech national team is participating in the finals for the tenth time (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020).
The Czech national team emerged as a star by reaching the Euro 1996 final, immediately after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. The team also reached the semi-finals at Euro 2004 in Portugal.
Since then, the team’s footprints and achievements have been modest, despite the presence of players such as Karel Boborsky, Thomas Rosicky, Pavel Nedved and Milos Barosz.
It is difficult to exclude the Czech team from the circle of candidates for the competition, but the repetition of what the Czechoslovak team achieved when it won the European title in 1976 is not a realistic possibility.
Scotland: Playing the finals for the third time (1992, 1996 and 2020) After a quarter of a century from only the team’s second two participation in the European Nations Cup, the Scottish team will return to the finals through “Euro 2020”, but will compete in the finals in a very difficult group that includes him England, Croatia and the Czech Republic.
The Scottish team made a mediocre march in qualifying for the tournament, as it came third in its group with only 15 points behind Belgium (30 points) and Russia (24 points), after winning 5 matches and losing the same in the qualifiers.
However, the team benefited from the reliance of the play-off on the results of the European Nations League, as it made its way to the finals through the play-off by defeating its Israeli counterpart 5-3 on penalties and then over Serbia 5-4 on penalties.
But the team will face 3 difficult tests in its group in the first round of the tournament, and the confrontation with its English counterpart will be one of the most important matches, given that the two countries are part of Britain, as well as the historical rivalry between them.
The team has never in its previous two participations passed the group stage, and it may also be difficult for the team to pass the group stage from this difficult group as well in “Euro 2020”.